On Monday, August 18th, Edmonton city councillors voted to let up to a dozen homeowners keep hens starting this fall as part of a pilot project to work out rules for keeping chickens responsibly. This is AMAZING! Even Mayor Don Iveson agreed that Edmonton is “behind the times on this, and for all of those guerrilla chicken operations out there, we want to provide a pathway for them to come into compliance with reasonable rules.”
The Edmonton Journal says: “City administrators said they would allow chicken owners to have between four and 10 hens for the pilot project. They will come up with a set of rules first and then let Edmontonians apply to take part. Staff will take the lessons they learn and bring them back to council in a year.”
This is an exciting step and I hope Sherwood Park follows soon. Despite the fact that I’m scared of birds (including scary, pecking, scratching chickens), I would LOVE to have fresh eggs on a daily basis.